You might want a bit more variety. So for your benefit (not because I was stalling the other morning), here's a riff on Simple Shapes I call Cut That Out. You'll need:
- a timer
- a magazine from the recycle bin
- glue stick
- sketch book
Time. Set the timer for 6 minutes.
Rip. Tear out the first page from the magazine where there's a large shape with a fairly well defined outline. This sample used the left side of a two-page spread showing a woman in a polka-dot dress.
Cut. Following that outline, cut out the shape.
Hack. Hack toward the center of the shape and cut out a circle (or other simple shape of your choice). Quickly cut the rest of the shape into three pieces.
Rearrange. Working quickly, make as many different arrangements as you can using the circle and the three other pieces deconstructed from the shape you cut out. I find it helps to give myself prompts like, "dancing animal", "mythical creature" or "alien landscape." Spend about 5 minutes making different arrangements.
Name it. Give this composition a name or title.
Cheats. Use fewer than the four pieces you cut out, if you like.
|Derby Day -- Headless|
|Derby Day -- With Head|
Remember: The point is not to create the most beautiful composition ever made with four pieces of scrap paper. It's to see how many compositions you can come up with in a short time. Do it, then move on to your other work, secure in the knowledge that you can play the game again tomorrow.